Dress up spent summer and fall container gardens with boughs of fresh evergreens for a colorful winter display. Greens like spruce, fir, mountain hemlock and Virginia pine retain color and needles to provide a long winter display. Treat cut greenery with an anti-transpirant to help stems retain moisture. Use bunched ornamental grass stems or bundled branches to add a strong vertical element to designs.
Sweet-scented, dark pink blooms stand out against this winter daphne’s variegated leaves. The flowers open from late winter to early spring on shrubs that reach 3 to 4 feet tall. This variety, ‘Maejima’, has good deer resistance.
In late winter, this evergreen shrub or small tree, Pewter Pillar® Winter’s Bark ( Drimys winteri var. chiloense), opens clusters of lovely white blooms followed by small fruits. The glossy leaves have silvery-white backs. The plants are hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10.
'Give a nod to the season without being too over the top," says planner Resha Zazueta, of Something To Celebrate. "Florals with a hint of holiday coloring, sprigs of mistletoe, and a hot chocolate bar bring a lovely wintry feel without turning a wedding into a Christmas party.” Flowers: White roses, deep red calla lilies, deep red chrysanthemums, white hydrangeas, blush peonies, red amaranthus, white hydrangeas, white larkspur, white wax flowers, dusty miller, white tallow berries, greenery. Floral design: Blooming Gallery.
Perfectly fit for small hedges when planted in multiples, Winter Gem Boxwood also works well potted in vessels and planters. During the winter months, this evergreen will take on a golden bronze coloring, then change back to bright green in the spring. Winter Gem Boxwood thrives in both partial and full sun settings.
Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, carried out a wintery theme for this wedding with white and blush roses, white ranunculus, silver brunia berries, frosted pinecones, white anemones and gypsophila (baby's breath). “Don’t overlook baby’s breath for a winter wedding." she says. "It matches the crisp, clean feel of winter and, by itself, can produce a stunning and dramatic effect. Not to mention, gypsophila is much more affordable than out-of-season blooms.” Florist: Petals + Twigs.
Cream roses, brunia berries, pine cuttings, Dusty miller, rosemary, succulents and white hydrangeas make up this elegant container arrangement for a winter wedding. Florist: Williamsburg Floral. Planner: Sterling Events.
Commonly grown in North America and Eastern Asia, Japanese Yew is an excellent fit for porches year-round since it’s drought tolerant, and thrives in both full sun and partial sun settings. Known to survive harsh winters as cold as 30 degrees below zero, the Japanese Yew is popularly used as ground cover; however, when grown as a tree, it can reach up to 50 feet in height. For proper growth, plant Japanese Yew in in a damp setting.
Bring a seasonal touch to cut floral arrangements by mixing berries in with flowers. Although red roses are readily available year round, this grouping feels tailored for the holidays thanks to the addition of the berries.
Small rodents like rabbits, voles and mice will nibble bark on stems near the base of shrubs. Too much bark removal can kill the plant. Use tree guards to protect young tree trunks. Encircle shrubs with hardware cloth to create a cage rodents can’t wriggle through.
Why we love it: The red berries absolutely sparkle against a snowy backdrop. Winterberry is a cinch to grow—it requires only the most minimal care after planting. Prune occasionally as needed to shape plants. Make sure you plant a male pollinator to ensure a good berry set.
These wedding bouquets incorporate the rich, deep reds and snowy-whites of the season. Other wintery florals to consider using include pine boughs, cymbidium orchids, boxwood boughs, camellia buds, magnolia leafs and holly berries. Floral design: Blooming Gallery. Planner: Something to Celebrate.